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ESPN Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 35 reviews)

  • Some events require working long hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "When's the next layoff going to be, Oct?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Rockville Centre, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Rockville Centre, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The former Sr Management was amazing. But the new Management is just a reboot of old management and only the friends get to stay.

    Cons

    They talk about hiring based on first hiring as 'Freelance', but the inside scoop is that they don't really plan on doing that. They hire a person as a temp employee for 30 months (it use to be 18 months). In the end they just hire another person as a temp employee for another 30 months. Good news, they will hire you back as a temp employee for a new 30 months after 12 months have passed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't eat at IHOP the morning before you start the layoffs. That was classy, thanks boss.


  2. "Account Exec"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, company, everyone know the brand. That also makes growth prospects challenging. Tough to introduce new money making ideas if it differs from the status quo.

    Cons

    $$, political, not much diversity making decisions

    Advice to Management

    diversity makes good business sense


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with sports, very honest company, good benefits

    Cons

    Too complex organisation avoiding fast moments. Too much politics

    Advice to Management

    The competition is now everywhere. You must act fast, be flexible and serve all kind of sports fans.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "It used to be a good place to work. It's gotten too corporate now."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - On-Air Specialist in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - On-Air Specialist in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pride our brand and in a good on-air product. State of the art technologies and always looking to push the envelope.

    Cons

    Too many e-mails, meetings and corporate paperwork. Managers treat employees like just a number. Management needs more training. Work-life balance needs to be a priority again. Company more concerned about costs and less concerned about quality. Too much paperwork and meetings for yearly reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like children and more like part of the team.


  6. "Great Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Segment Producer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Segment Producer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you love sports, you'll love the job.

    Cons

    Working holidays, night, and weekends.


  7. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audio Operator in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Audio Operator in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN (More than a year)

    Pros

    Always open to help you expand in your career and set you up for success.
    Great training is provided for your job.
    Great benefits including Disney perks!

    Cons

    Vacation accrual.
    Odd Hours if you're in the production team.


  8. "Account Services Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work with a fantastic group of people
    - The company has a great culture and cares about its employees
    - Fun working for the Worldwide Leader in sports
    - Great upward mobility and long term career path if you are in the right group

    Cons

    - You need to be very proactive about your career advancement - people have gotten stuck in the same role and pigeonholed themselves

    Advice to Management

    - Keep doing what you are doing
    - Encourage more communication across the different lines of business at lower levels too


  9. Helpful (1)

    "PA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great people to work with

    Cons

    Watch people who dont have your best interest at hand. Some people are there to help others are there with ulterior motives

    Advice to Management

    Scheduling


  10. "ESPN Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Media in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Digital Media in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, very friendly and motivated.

    Cons

    I get a mass email every two minutes, but after all, there's a lot happening in the sports world!


  11. "ESPN Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Producer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on amazing events.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to improve work-life balance so employees stop burning out!


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